THE OLIVE TREES OF JUSTICE (1962)
Directed by James Blue | 4K Restoration | In French with English subtitles
Inaugural Winner of the Critics Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 1962, FRANCE is the first and only narrative feature by American documentarian James Blue (Oscar®-nominated for “A Few Notes On Our Food Problem”) and holds the distinction of being the only French film to have been shot during the Algerian War
Filmed in Algiers and the surrounding countryside during the late stages of the Algerian War, under the pretext that it was a documentary about the wine industry, the film depicts the Algerian struggle for independence from the French by concentrating on a young “pied-noir” (Frenchman of Algerian descent) who returns to Algiers to visit his dying father. His memories of boyhood on his father’s farm are told in flashbacks with a lush serenity that contrasts to the teeming, tank-filled streets of contemporary Algiers. 82 minutes.
Restored in 4K in 2020 by L’Atelier d’Images and Thierry Derocles in collaboration with The James and Richard Blue Foundation with the support of The Film Foundation, The National Film Preservation Foundation, James Ivory and CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, at L’Image Retrouvée (Paris) from a fine grain print preserved at Les Archives Françaises du Film.
“LUSH, LYRICAL…IN CONTRASTING THE PRESENT WITH THE PAST, THE PICTURE IS STUNNINGLY EVOCATIVE.” – THE NEW ORK TIMES